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December 2, 2019

Renee's Top 10 Holiday Gifts

It's that magical time of year! Today I'm channeling my inner Oprah and sharing my top 10 favorite items for the holidays!

1. The cutest gift on our list - Black Sheep Felting Kit!

Black Sheep Felting Kit
Black Sheep Felting Kit

It really doesn't get much cuter than these handmade little guys! I'm always looking for fun ways to make homemade gifts, but I'm not super crafty! I also love when I can involve my family (hint: someone special in my family makes these). The expressions on these little guys faces are akin to looking at puppy pictures...and apparently they have the same happy effect on the brain!

2. The Sill - an amazing site for all things plants!

The Sill

It's no mystery that I love incorporating live plants into my design! That's why I love The Sill! It's a great site for all things plants, from beginners to even the greenest of thumbs! Check out their unique and earth friendly ideas!

Of course, I am also a HUGE supporter of shopping local. So, if you find yourself in the Seacoast of New Hampshire, be sure to check out one of my favorite shops, Cymbidium.

3. Oh baby! How I love everything by glassybaby!

I've been a fan of glassybaby for decades. I love everything about them from their stunning glass to their mission. You can't go wrong!

4. Anything from Saje. You'll thank me later;)


This is a company I can stand behind! I have been using these products with confidence for a few years now. I love them for their biophilic benefits, plus all the other health benefits!

If you're looking for aromatherapy for the whole house or the office, I highly recommend AromaTech. Their products are pet friendly, vegan and paraben free!

5. A must read book - Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Love, love, LOVE this book! This is a must read if you are looking to create a more joyful life!

Also, I highly recommend anything by Brene Brown...she's a true inspiration.

6. Give the gift of a magazine subscription - for real!


I'm all for being green and going digital, but sometimes you find a magazine that you read cover to cover and keep it around because you love its content that much! We have back issues from Garden Design from decades ago that I still refer to! Sometimes the print version is well worth it!

7. Something special for your four-legged friends!

Living room design
Living room design

Okay, okay...I'll admit it, I have a huge soft spot for the four-legged friends in my life. If you adore your pets the way I do, then you'll love surprising them with the gift of Bark Box. I swear our pups know when their box arrives! What could bring you more joy than seeing your fur-buddy so happy?!

8. Yoga pants you can wear to work! I'll take 2 please!


The testimonial says it all! Betabrand's yoga dress pants may in fact be the best thing ever invented! Look good + feel great...sign me up!

I'm a girl that loves color, comfort and style. I've spent years narrowing down what brands work for me. You'll often find me sporting something cute from Athleta, Faherty or Boden. Their styles look great whether you're shopping for a client, doing an install, checking on a project or meeting with a new client!

9. Who doesn't love jewelry?

sundance jewlry
sundance jewlry

If I can't find a bit of bling locally, then my next stop is at Sundance. They happen to carry the most unique jewelry items that are worthy of becoming heirlooms. Even the most simple pieces are show stoppers!

10. Anything (and I mean anything) from Hudson Beach Glass.

hudson beach glass

I was smitten the very first time I stepped foot in Hudson Beach Glass in Beacon, NY. It's hip, it's cool...and I wanted pretty much one of everything! From art to jewelry, beautiful glass pieces and much more!

Bonus gift idea!

When all else fails and it feels like the holidays have gotten the best of me, I run for a glass of Malbec, Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups and a good soak in Aura Cacia Cedarwood Mineral bath salts. It's pretty much a cure for just about anything..especially holiday stress!

So there you have it! Renee's wish list. Remember, the real joy of the holidays is in the giving ~ whether it's love, hugs, friendship, a smile or a thoughtful gift, just be sure it includes joy!

Joyfully yours,

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Lisa W.

Renee possesses a rare combination of artistic creativity and intuitive design.  Her warmth and compassion extended beyond working with us to understanding the style and feel of our home and how we live in it.  We felt fortunate to work with and get to know Renee and absolutely love the updates she made to our home- from windows and walls to artwork and furniture!

Kate S.

Renee was a pleasure to work with and has great vision. We were doing a total rehab of a recently purchased property and she was able to look at a gutted out '50s cottage and turn it into a beautiful mid-century modern home. She understood our budget and timeline and was good about narrowing all our options down to just a few choices. This expedited the process, made it less difficult and more enjoyable. Once the rehab is done, we look forward to working with her again and finish the rest of the rooms.

Bill H.

Renee at Mandeville Canyon Interior Design was simply wonderful to work with. She was able to understand what we were looking for in terms of color, function and design from the moment we first spoke. She's easy to work with, goes above and beyond and delivers an outstanding design.

I highly recommend Renee and Mandeville Canyon Interior Design. I don't think I will attempt to decorate another room in my house without the help of Renee!

Pam O.

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Mary S.

Renee not only has an amazingly creative eye, she also directed a massive renovation for us this past year that included the challenges of operating during the pandemic. She put together a team that had an incredible work ethic and brought the project in on-time and on-budget. She's a great listener. When we threw ideas at her, she was never dismissive; quite the contrary, she made them better. Her patience, attention to detail combined with her whacky sense of humor meant we were all able to smile while producing a home that we love. A great talent and a great lady.

Ann R.

Rene is amazing!  Great customer care and wonderful attention to detail.

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